Artist-Assistant Relationships


Since David Hockney's 23-year-old assistant Dominic Elliott recently died, a spate of articles on artist-assistant relationships emerged. The cause of his death still remains a mystery, though one newspaper declared: “he may have been drinking throughout Saturday as he watched the Six Nations rugby decider.” Strangely, the biggest shock seemed to be the mundane premises from which Hockney painted in a town called Birdlington, in Yorkshire.

But the most interesting was Richard Wentworth’s reaction on the subject of assistants, who is underappreciated as an artist and I also adore after serving on the same side of a debate about the significance of contemporary Asian art, a painfully tedious enterprise were it not for Richard’s input and performance (and that it was, he even gave away fireworks during the presentation).  ... weiterlesen

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